It’s #StarkOnSaturday — and that means it’s time for other snippet from the upcoming Claim Me, book two in the Stark Trilogy that began with Release Me.
“Do you have any idea what I want to do to you right now?”
“Tell me,” I beg.
“I want to strip you bare and press you up against the glass. I want to trail my fingers over you lightly, just enough to make you awaken to my touch. I want to watch the lights of the Pier flash behind you, and I want to watch my own reflection in your eyes as you come.”
My mouth is dry, so the little “oh,” that I say doesn’t actually come out as sound.
“But I can’t,” he says. “I believe I told you that I wasn’t going to touch you.”
“I won’t hold you to it,” I say.
“But that would be breaking the rules.”
I have to force myself not to whimper. “You’re playing games with me, Mr. Stark.”
“Yes,” he says plainly. “I am.”
“I suppose that’s fair, sir,” I say. “I’m yours, after all. At least for the night. But tomorrow, I’ll be a rich woman and the game’s going to have a new set of rules.”
For a moment, he is perfectly still. Then he nods slowly. “You raise a good point, Ms. Fairchild,” he says. “I need to make sure I get my money’s worth.”
“Your money’s worth?”
“Did you read the article in Forbes I sent you?” he asks. “The reporter did a good job of describing my philosophy in business.”
“I read it.” In fact, I’d read it several times, savoring every tidbit I learned about Damien The Businessman.
“Yes, sir,” he corrects.
“Yes, sir,” I repeat. “I read the article.”
“Then you know that I attribute much of my success to my ability to extract as much value as possible from every monetary transaction.”
I lick my lips. “And I’m a monetary transaction?”
“You are indeed.”
“I see. And how do you intend to extract value?”
“I already told you,” he says. “If you’re not going to pay attention . . . ”
“You said you were going to make me come.”
His mouth curves into a lazy smile and the corners of his eyes crinkle. “So I did. Good girl. You get an A in class, after all.”
Come back next week for another snippet!
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